The KU/DCYS truancy program works with truant or pre-truant students who are between the ages of 7-15. Truant students between the ages of 16-18 are supervised by The Shelter.
University of Kanasas/Youth Services Truancy Program
What is Truancy?
Students are considered truant if they have:
- 5 unexcused absences in a semester
- 7 unexcused absences in a year
Which schools are served by the Truancy Program?
Which students are included?
- Children between the age of 7-18
- Children under the age of 7 who have been enrolled in school
Which agencies are involved?
- University of Kansas Department of Behavioral Sciences
- Douglas County Youth Services
- Douglas County District Attorney’s Office
- Kansas Department for Children and Families
What does the KU/DCYS Program do?
- KU Students from the KU Department of Behavioral Science work with truant students as mentors
- DCYS Truancy Officer Kate Sparnicht supervises the Interns
Why should a student participate?
- To stay out of the court system
- To learn coping strategies and social skills
- To find community agencies to help with family issues
What services are provided by the Truancy Program?
- Interns monitor assigned students attendance and grades
- Interns meet weekly with students
- Interns encourage and assist truancy students in completing homework
- Interns encourage motivation by using behavioral contracts
- Interns provide weekly progress reports and updates to The Truancy Officer at DCYS
- DCYS and Interns provide reports to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office
- Interns testify in Review Hearings and Child in Need of Care Court proceedings
DCYS has coordinated the KU truancy Prevention and Diversion Program since the fall of 2011.
This program is currently funded by Douglas County, the Kansas Department for Children and Families and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.
For more information regarding the KU Truancy Program, email YS-Truancy@douglas-county.com